|Description:||The Seine River flows through Paris, the capital city of France. This view of the Seine was from the Eiffel Tower. From this vantage point, it was possible to see the many bridges spanning the river, as well as the visual effect of the city’s building height limit of approximately six stories throughout the city center. The design contributes to the impression of the cityscape as low, convenient, and the streets unencumbered by shadows, hence its reputation as the “City of Light”.|
The Seine River is approximately 485 miles long, and with its tributaries, drains an area of about 30,400 square miles. It carries most of France’s inland traffic. It is the country’s second-longest river after the Loire. Paris is an important tourist destination, and therefore, it is important for all travelers to be aware of the potential health hazards of travel to all destinations, foreign or domestic.
Improvements in transportation and communication have linked people around the world as never before. Rising levels of affluence have meant that people from all over the world now travel with greater frequency. To address health issues associated with travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for U.S. travelers on how to avoid illness while away from home. A greater problem is that of globalization’s effect on infectious disease transmission. Health problems can no longer be thought of as “local.” CDC’s “PulseNet” is one effort used to monitor laboratory gel patterns to quickly identify dispersed domestic and international outbreaks of infectious disease.